Wearable Forms in Metal

July 30 - August 3, 2021

Wearable Forms in Metal


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $100

Ellen is known for her innovative wearable designs in metals and will share her process of designing and fabricating objects for the body. She will guide you as you design a piece or pieces of your very own while learning forging techniques to create your design based on organic symmetry. We will focus on the traditional forging techniques, design and construction methods so that you can create an original piece using the demonstrated techniques. Come learn how to design and fabricate a unique forged wearable object or garment.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Ellen Durkan

Ellen is an artist blacksmith who creates forged fashion combining art, blacksmithing, and fashion. Her interest in fashion was inspired by her fascination with moving metal. After growing up in Wilmington Delaware she continued on to get an MFA in sculpture. She was introduced to forging from the decorative arts side of life instead of the functional and utilitarian option. Her current “wearable series” started as decorative life size stationary pieces inspired by her large scale drawings. This led to her current growing performance runway like series: Forged Fashion. Ellen’s metalwork challenges traditional views of how craftsmanship is applied; while posing dynamic and relevant psychological questions. She believes that her delicate and elaborate metal work is complete when viewed on the human body.

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